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Molly Campbell

Science Writer

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Latest Content From Molly Campbell

Limitations of Health Reports From Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Are Identified
News

According to study findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2019 Annual Meeting, health reports from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests that adopt a limited variant screening approach are producing clinically false-negative results.

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Time To Say Goodbye… to the “Household Measure” BMI?
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A new study published in PLOS Biology sees an international collaboration of academia and industry experts introduce a novel "revolutionary" approach towards personalized and precision biomedicine, moving away from the "classic" morphometric BMI.

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A Third "Short Sleep" Gene Has Been Discovered – And It Prevents Memory Deficits
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In a new study, scientists have discovered a third "short sleep" gene. It is the first gene to be identified that prevents the memory deficits typically associated with sleep deprivation.

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Study Finds Commercially Available Antibodies Are Not Binding Their Target
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In a new study, researchers have tested the binding specificity of commercial antibodies to the C9ORF72 protein, and explored a novel validation approach.

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Revival of 50,000-Year-Old Gene Reveals How Deadliest Malaria Parasite Jumped From Gorillas to Humans
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In a study published today in PLOS Biology, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Montpellier have reconstructed a ~50,000-year-old gene sequence acquired by the ancestor of Plasmodium falciparum. The acquisition of the gene sequence enabled the parasite to infect human red blood cells.

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Francis Mojica: The Modest Microbiologist Who Discovered and Named CRISPR
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Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution that is anticipated to edit evolution forever.

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It's Time To Keep Check on the Microbiome
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Scientists have developed a novel technique based on an oscillating gene circuit that they hope will help to shed light on the human microbiome.

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Viagra – The Little Blue Pill Could Reshape Bone Marrow Transplants
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A study published today in the journal Stem Cell Reports suggests that a combination of two clinically approved drugs – Viagra and Plerixafor – efficiently and rapidly mobilizes blood stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream in a mouse model. This combination therapy may offer a new approach for bone marrow transplants in humans.

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Rosalind Franklin Award Recognizes Young Women at the Forefront of Genetics Research
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The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award honors the phenomenal contributions of Dr. Rosalind Franklin to the field of genetics by providing two young, female geneticists a cash prize of $75,000 to fund their research.

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Method “Matches” Medicines to Their Unique Protein Receptors
Blog

A receptor (drug target) can shift from a single subunit to a multi-structure in the presence of a ligand (drug compound) – a process known as "oligomerization". Now, using photon excitation microscopy, researchers report that they can uncover the various protein receptor oligomers formed in the absence or presence of different drug candidates that bind to them.

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